- Paperback: 572 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Indian ed edition (15 December 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 033043909X
- ISBN-13: 978-0330439091
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wonder That Was India: 1 Paperback – 15 Dec 2004
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About the Author
Arthur Llewellyn Basham was an Indologist and a professor at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He was born in 1914 in Essex. His father had served in the Indian Army and told him a lot of stories about India that sparked an interest in him about the country. The author obtained a degree in Sanskrit from the School of Oriental and African Studies, did a doctorate at the School of Oriental and African studies and later became a Professor at that college. In 1965, Basham left SOAS to join the Australia National University, where he became the Head of the History Department and also Professor of Oriental Civilizations.
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Top Customer Reviews
checked during packaging of the product. I had to self return the book paying Rs.180 as shipping charges and standing in a que at post office wasting my time to ship it back. Never expected this from a global company.. I would suggest Amazon to improve their quality control service...
I believe no one ever summarized Indian history in a depth surpassing the level Basham has gone in "The Wonder that was India". From the early civilizations in the west to invasion of Aryans and early ages of "Hindu" society, you will experience what we are told in the school days was just a half baked story, hiding the details that may change your view created by the present political activities.
In the book, AL Basham has explained the passage of kings, formation and re-formation of religions, making of the norms of society and gives a perfect picture of what India was like when the Mughals first saw it. “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.", quoted Michael Crichton. You gotta read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book for casual readers; lucid and gives a very nice prelude if you want to delve more later. Concise and crisp content.Published 1 month ago by Bhupinder
I always wanted to read this one since my college days and as an IAS pre-prep item, but never could do owing to multiple factors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by @iamsatishvaidya
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Comprehensive book on glorious history of India. Reader gets lost in an ancient world.Published 2 months ago by Ribhu Vashishtha